Dr Lauren Winch

BA(Oxon.), MA(Lond.), PhD(Bristol)

Dr Lauren Winch

Dr Lauren Winch
Specialist Research Institutes Manager

1 Cathedral Square, Bristol,
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Research and Enterprise Development


Dr Lauren Winch is a Specialist Research Institutes Manager responsible for the Bristol Poverty Institute (BPI). Her role includes leading on strategic planning and policy development, as well as communication and engagement strategies, promoting and supporting inter- and transdisciplinary working, expanding and enhancing the Institute's reach and international profile, and delivering reporting and analysis. This role is part-time, normally Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Alongside her BPI role Lauren is also Manager of International Research Partnerships, based in the Research and Enterprise Division (Mondays and Tuesdays). This role involves leading a portfolio of international research partnership activities and funding schemes, including conducting monitoring and evaluation of current approaches to developing and enhancing research partnerships and applying this learning to inform future strategic activities. Since joining the University Lauren has also taken on several other part-time contracts alongside her main role as BPI Manager, including Knowledge Exchange Development Associate, Senior Project Manager, and Co-Manager of the Cabot Institute for the Environment.

Prior to joining the University of Bristol Lauren was a Senior International Policy Manager at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), where she managed several large interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with a range of national and international funding partners. In particular, she was the scheme lead for the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, as well as the strategic project lead for the ESRC’s involvement in the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Lauren has a strong interdisciplinary research background, with a undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, a Masters in African Archaeology from UCL, and a PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Bristol. Her academic and professional career has focussed on the intersections between society, culture and environment, particularly in Africa and Asia.

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